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HS Thomas
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which doesn't necessarily make the problem easier to solve, I feel.
Car puzzler
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HS Thomas
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I am guessing that in automatics the exhaust is on one side and in manual on the other.
Anyone confirm this?
Jim Yingst
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Hmmm, first time I followed the link, I couldn't get anything, so I assumed "problem in audio" referred to difficulties accessing the link. But now it's working fine, so...
With an automatic, you start the car in "Park", then depress the brake, switch to "Drive" (with brake still on), and the moment you take your foot off the brake, the car will start to move forward, before you've moved your foot from brake to gas. In a standard, you may or may not have the brake on during ignition (parking brake may be used inteadd, or if it's flat you just don't care), but in order to get the car to move forward (other than by gravity) you must depress the gas - which means, if you were using the brake you must release it first, then depress the gas. So observers behind the car can tell the difference by looking at the brake lights - if they go off before the car moves, it's standard; if the car starts to move before the brakes are completely off, it's automatic.


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HS Thomas
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The question : I must admit I didn't pick up on some of the details:
A Dark and Stormy Nautical-Automotive Conundrum

RAY: It was a dark and stormy night. Tommy and I were passengers on a small ferry, en route to a tiny island off the Connecticut coast. We were on the upper deck, smoking Cuban cigars with the Captain. This was the kind of ferry that takes cars as well as passengers, and from our vantage, we could see the 8 or 9 cars that were parked on the front of the boat. But, we could barely see the license plates of these cars, let alone what makes and models they were.
As we approached the dock, Tommy and I decided that we needed to have a bet. Tommy said, "Geez, how many of these cars do you figure are automatics, and how many do you figure are standard shift?"
So, I picked a number. I said, " I think three cars are stick shift." And Tommy said, "I think there are five."
The boat finally docked, and the people who owned the cars got in them and drove away. And, I turnd to my brother, and said, "You won."
We never left the upper deck, and all we could see were the backs of the cars. We couldn't see inside the cars, nor could we identify what makes the cars were. But, we did see the people get in and drive the cars off the boat.
The captain said, "How could there not be an argument here? How could you possibly know, and agree that Tommy's number was right?"
How did we know?
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HS Thomas
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The answer:
The captain said, "How could there not be an argument here? How could you possibly know, and agree that Tommy's number was right?"
The answer is we didn't determine how many stick shifts there were. We determined how many automatics there were. We did a little subtraction problem here. The way we determined which cars were automatics is that when you start an automatic transmission car, as you shift from park to drive --
TOM: You go through reverse!
RAY: Momentarily. So all the cars with automatics had their reverse lights flash for a split second, and then they drove off. We counted how many cars had their lights flash. And then I settled the bet. I lost another hundred bucks.
Jim is right! ( as usual) other than the forward instead of reverse.
The point is awarded on the lights going on.
Automatics are dangerous animals. While switching from park to drive you have lost control of the car, I think. Forward or reverse ?
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Jim Yingst
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Jim is right!
Eh, my explanation was rather different; I didn't even know cars had reverse lights (as distinct from brake lights). I guess that's a good thing that I haven't had opportunity to observe them in action on the freeway or someting. ("Hey, what's that guy in front of me doing as I head toward him at 75 MPH?")
HS Thomas
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Eh!
reverse lights (as distinct from brake lights).

My banger has neither. So I assumed this was an advance in tech.
(Just kidding!. It does have lights that go red when I brake and a separate set go amber when I reverse.)
But I won't trust my life with an automatic from now on ! Apart from changing gears which is part of the fun in driving!
What does one do with their hands driving an automatic ?
That's a dangerous design altogether I fear.
Next a car that auto-steers as well. I don't think humans have been conditioned for this. It's bad enough being a passenger to someone else's driving.
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